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Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 October 2018 4:03 PM
Icelandic Hotel’s Latest Employee: A Cat
Young Pál, like many from abroad, is here to try her luck in Iceland. However, the work of this employee... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 October 2018 3:35 PM
Icelandic Króna Weakening Again
The exchange rate of the Icelandic króna (ISK) against larger currencies is weakening, casting a shadow on upcoming collective bargaining... more,  11 October 2018 3:12 PM
Terminator producer Gale Anne Hurd guest of honour at Northern Wave Film Festival
Gale Ann Hurd is called the First Lady of Sci Fi in Hollywood. The Northern Wave International Film Festival takes place betwen 26th to the 28th of October 2018 in the tiny town of Rif in Snæfellsnes, Iceland. Guest of honour at the festival is Hollywood producer Gale Anne Hurd who co-wrote and produced the Terminator. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 October 2018 2:05 PM
Kurdish Family, Deported From Iceland, Now Living In A Forest In Fear For Their Lives
A family of Kurdish asylum seekers who fell prey to the Director of Immigration (ÚTL) once again evoking the Dublin... more,  11 October 2018 1:51 PM
Icelandic college students interested in learning Slovakian
Students graduating last spring from left:  Erna Markúsdóttir, Þórdís Magnúsdóttir, Brynjar Jochumsson, Erika Halasova at the University medical department, Sveinn Rafnar Karlsson and consul Runólfur Oddsson. Representatives from the Comenius university in Slovakia have shown interest in supporting study of Slovakian in Iceland. The reason is the great surge of Icelandic students to Slovakia. more

Iceland Review,  11 October 2018 1:45 PM
Union Federation Calls for Minimum Wage Hike
The Federation of General and Special Workers of Iceland (SGS) is calling for a minimum monthly wage hike to ISK 425,000 ($3,660/€3,160). more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 October 2018 1:16 PM
Management Reluctantly Warming Up To Raising Minimum Wage In Iceland
With what looks to be shaping up to be a hard collective bargaining fight ahead, the managing director of the... more

Iceland Review,  11 October 2018 12:46 PM
Overdose Deaths Increase from 2017
Thirty-seven people have died from drug overdoses in Iceland so far this year. more

Iceland Review,  11 October 2018 11:51 AM
One-Lane Bridges to be Replaced in South Iceland
One-lane bridges in South Iceland are set to decrease from 14 to eight over the next five years. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  11 October 2018 11:20 AM
Stormy Weather Across Iceland Today
High winds, rain, and even freezing rain and snow are all on the agenda for Iceland today, especially in the... more

Iceland Review,  11 October 2018 11:04 AM
Iceland Faces France in Friendly Today
The Icelandic men’s national football team faces France in a friendly match this evening. more,  11 October 2018 10:30 AM
Tourist falls into Svínafell lagoon
Svínafellsjökull glacier. Rescue teams and a National Coastguard helicopter were called out to Öræfi in South East Iceland yesterday to rescue a tourist who fell into Svínafellslón lagoon. more,  11 October 2018 10:07 AM
Warmer winds today in South Iceland
Today is a windy and rainy autumn day in most parts of Iceland accompanied by warmer air. more,  10 October 2018 5:30 PM
Cliffs with nesting birds at new nature exhibition in Reykjavik
Framkvæmdir í fullum gangi í Perlunni. Taxidermied birds have now been placed on cliffs in a replica of Látrabjarg in the West Fjords, one of Europe's biggest bird cliffs, inside the Pearl in Reykjavik. more

Iceland Review,  10 October 2018 4:04 PM
“Copyright Protected” Grass Cost Reykjavík ISK 757,000
Danish grass imported for a restoration project in Reykjavík cost the city ISK 757,000 ($6,500/€5,600). more

Iceland Review,  10 October 2018 3:23 PM
Icelandic Sweater Patterns Sell Like Hotcakes
Online sales of knitting patterns for traditional Icelandic sweaters are growing by about 25% per year. more,  10 October 2018 1:16 PM
Mousekeeping cat in Iceland becomes world famous
The photo of the staff card that went viral. Tabby cat Pál Dáníelsdóttir lives in Fosshótel Hellnar in Snæfellsnes, West Iceland and works as a Mousekeeper. A photo of her staff pass has already received nine thousand likes on Reddit. more

Iceland Review,  10 October 2018 11:22 AM
Provisional Fish Farming Licenses Permitted by New Law
The Minister of Fisheries can now grant provisional licenses for fish farming. more,  10 October 2018 10:42 AM
Imagine Peace tower lit amongst spectacular Northern Lights
Crowds attended the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower by Yoko Ono last night, on what would have been John Lennon's 78th birthday. more,  10 October 2018 9:27 AM
New bill on fish farming passes at Icelandic parliament
The bill was proposed yesterday afternoon and was passed last night at parliament. The new bill proposed by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Kristján Þór Júlíusson on changes to fish farming laws passed at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament last night shortly after eleven pm. The bill was approved by 45 votes and six MP's chose to pass on voting. more,  09 October 2018 2:56 PM
Tourists from US generally happy about Iceland trip
Tourists from America, the UK and Australia are very likely to recommend Iceland as a destination. A new survey conducted by Ferðamannapulsinn shows that of those tourists who visited Iceland in August, Americans are the happiest about their stay. Americans are also the most numerous tourists to visit Iceland, or forty percent of all tourists. more

Iceland Review,  09 October 2018 2:47 PM
Search-and-Rescue Fleet to be Renewed
Search and rescue association Landsbjörg have signed an agreement with boat manufacturer Rafnar to renew it's rescue vessel fleet. more,  09 October 2018 1:40 PM
Hank and Tank return with a new album and a duo with Keren Ann
Road music at it's finest: Hank & Tank release their  second album, Last Call for Hank & Tank. After an eight-year-long hiatus duo Hank & Tank are releasing a new album which features a duo with French-Israeli singer Keren Ann. Hank & Tank are comprised of Singapore Sling frontman Henrik Björnsson and filmmaker Þorgeir Guðmundsson. more,  09 October 2018 11:17 AM
Minister puts new bill forward for temporary licences for salmon farms
Salmon farming is a controversial subject in Iceland. Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture will today be putting a new bill forward to change laws on fish farming. If the bill goes through, salmon farming companies would be allowed temporary licences. more

Iceland Review,  09 October 2018 10:28 AM
Anti-addiction Group Questions School Trips to see Let Me Fall
The Root, Association on Women, Addiction and Mental health has formally questioned the preventative value of Let me fall when it comes to children and youth addiction problems. more

Iceland Review,  09 October 2018 9:22 AM
Stundin Editor Plans Further Reporting From Glitnir Files
Jón Trausti reynisson, editor of Stundin media outlet, has stated that Stundin will publish more reports from the Glitnir files. more,  09 October 2018 9:00 AM
Icelanders remain opposed to EU membership
Most Icelanders remain firmly opposed to the idea of joining the European Union according to the results of a new opinion poll produced by Gallup for the organisation Já Ísland which campaigns for Icelandic membership of the bloc. more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  26 September 2018 10:46 AM
Cooperation is a must for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change
The consequences of this summer's weather have included droughts, heatwaves and wildfires, straining the society's capacity to cope with such perils. Most of the Nordic and Baltic countries have experienced the hottest summer on record, while the number of days with rain in parts of Iceland was exceptionally high. Was this summer just an exceptional freak event or is this due to climate change? And if this is due to climate change – what can be done?more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  17 September 2018 4:43 PM
Hazardous weather expected later this week
The first hazardous weather of this autumn is expected later this week which is unusually early this year. Strong northern winds are forecast from Wednesday until early Saturday morning. Precipitation associated with this weather will mostly fall on the northern part of the country in the form of rain, sleet or snow. At any point during this bad weather sleet or snowfall can be expected down to sea level. more news
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